Kids create their own electrified art.

I suspect that the Junk Drawer started as a place to store the large collection of art supplies in the Adams household—and grew to encompass everything else. The Junk Drawer was a mysterious, dynamic, and potentially hazardous place to visit. It had the normal items like pipe cleaners, glitter, yarn, and googly eyes, but also held some strange items—dozens of rulers of different varieties, Soviet-era modelling clay, along with an array of nails, screws, and coins that ended up in my dad’s pocket at the end of the day.

My best friend and I would spend full afternoons building little creatures, starting with a Dixie Cup as a base, and integrating interesting items from the Junk Drawer to make our creatures unique and awesome. These atypical additions were what made the creations so cool and what gave the activity a sense of adventure and discovery.

Chibitronics captures that same sense of innovation and achievement with their circuit stickers. Beyond just a simple drawing or coloring book, Chibitronics gives kids the opportunity to play with supplies they’re not normally allowed to use and that do things they can’t do with traditional art materials.

The included activity book helps teach different kinds of circuits, how they work, and provides scaffolded activities to inspire creative storytelling. For example, completing the first parallel circuit activity results in three stars lighting up in the activity book. But instead of ending the activity there, kids are challenged to illustrate around the stars, adding a story to their learning.

While the Junk Drawer was an incredible place to find new items to integrate in my creations, a set of Chibitronics provides real-life STEM learning with an awesome light-up payoff when your art is complete.